Protect Employer Rights in the Workplace

Protecting employer rights is a high-priority issue for the Michigan Chamber because for Michigan to be a leader in job creation and economic growth, our state’s employment laws must be fair, practical and affordable. Michigan job providers need the flexibility to operate their businesses - and attract and retain good employees - without intrusive state or local government mandates or restrictions.   

During the 2015-2016 legislative session, the Michigan Chamber will advocate:

  • Protecting Michigan’s Right to Work law, which provides employees freedom to choose whether to join a union and pay dues.
  • Protecting employers’ rights to manage their workplace by preventing and reducing state and local governmental involvement and regulation of the terms and conditions of employment in areas such as leave time, workplace communications, wages and hours of work, controlled substances, weapons, hiring and freedom of association and contract.
  • Supporting the right of employers to enforce drug-free workplace policies for all employees, including medical marijuana users, without fear of being held liable for wrongful termination, charged for unemployment or liable for workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Supporting repeal of the state’s costly prevailing wage law, which artificially inflates the cost of government-funded construction projects.
  • Opposing efforts to prohibit or limit employers, at any time during the hiring process, from asking questions about, or taking into consideration, a candidate’s conviction history, pending criminal charges or current employment status.

Chamber Staff Contact:
Wendy Block
Director of Health Policy & Human Resources
(517) 371-7678